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Keyhole Spays for Dogs and Puppies

At part of a move towards offering minimally invasive surgery, we have offered key-hole spays since 2008.

Laparoscopy offers advantages to minimise the risk of complications, provides improved patient comfort and faster recovery.

Compared with a traditional open surgical approach, laparoscopy offers advantages to minimise the risk of complications, provides improved patient comfort and faster recovery.  Key-hole spays allow the surgeon to view the procedure in detail using video endoscopy equipment, and the ovaries can be removed without any painful stretching of their attachments.

Because only small incisions are made, the risk of wound healing complications after surgery is lower.  Blood vessels are cauterised without needing to stretch them, which also makes the procedure safer by minimising blood loss.

The long term benefits of laparoscopic spays are just the same as for open spays. Removal of the ovaries prevents pyometra, seasons, false pregnancy and pregnancy.  It also provides excellent protection against developing mammary growths if performed before the second season.  In most cases the uterus does not need to be removed, keeping the procedure shorter.  However, if any abnormalities are observed during the surgery, such fluid accumulation which might indicate an early pyometra, then a laparoscopic ovariohysterectomy can be performed.

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